The Flames have hired Bill Peters as the team’s head coach.
The Flames introduced Peters at a news conference on Monday at Scotiabank Saddledome. The 53-year-old from Three Hills, Alberta, resigned as head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday after four seasons and a year remaining on his contract.
The Flames fired Glen Gulutzan and assistants Dave Cameron and Paul Gerrard last week after missing the playoffs with a 37-35-10 record.
In his NHL head coaching debut, Peters went 137-138-53 with the Hurricanes but wasn’t able to get the team into the playoffs.
Carolina was looking for a new general manager as Ron Francis was reassigned within the organization, so Peters’ tenure there would have eventually been subject to the new GM’s approval.
After leading the Spokane Chiefs to Western Hockey League and Memorial Cup championships in 2008, Peters spent three seasons coaching the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs and then joined the Detroit Red Wings coaching staff.
He was an assistant for Mike Babcock in Detroit for three seasons before heading to Raleigh, N.C.
Butler, who had eight points, five rebounds and five assists in the 122-104 loss, injured the knee in a Feb. 23 loss to the Rockets. He underwent surgery to repair the meniscus in his knee and missed 17 games before returning to help the Timberwolves win the final three games of the regular season and earn the franchise’s first playoff berth in 14 years.
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“He had surgery, so it’s a concern any time someone’s hurt,” Thibodeau said when asked if Butler’s knee would be an issue in the offseason.
Butler was not asked about his knee during his postgame media availability, which he did in the Timberwolves’ locker room during Thibodeau’s news conference.
Butler declined to answer a question about the knee as he exited the locker room. Thibodeau said Butler was not bothered by the knee during the series until Game 5.
The Timberwolves were down 11 when Butler left the game, and they never cut the deficit to single digits.
“He just said it was sore,” Thibodeau said. “We wanted to use caution.”